Poll: Both Douglas County judge candidates 'recommended'

Poll: Both Douglas County judge candidates 'recommended'

TUSCOLA — Two candidates for Douglas County circuit judge have received "recommended" ratings, according to a bar association poll.

Douglas County Associate Judge Richard Broch Jr. and Champaign lawyer Lorna Geiler are competing in the March 18 Republican primary election to fill the vacancy created by the January retirement of Circuit Judge Michael Carroll.

Although both were recommended, Broch received higher scores, according to the judicial evaluations released by the Illinois State Bar Association. The Democratic Party did not field a candidate, so the winner of the primary election will be the winner of the election.

The "recommended" rating means the lawyers who participated in the poll found the candidates "meet acceptable requirements for the office."

In this case, the bar association mailed out ballots to ISBA members in the judicial circuit, and the attorneys were asked to respond only if they have sufficient knowledge about a candidate's qualifications for judicial office and told to give a fair, informed opinion.

Candidates were then rated "recommended" or "not recommended" based on whether the respondents agreed that the candidate meets acceptable requirements for office. Candidates need a minimum score of 65 percent yes in order to be recommended.

On a scale of 1 to 100, the bar poll reported that Broch scored 96.05 on the issue of meeting the requirements of office. Geiler received a score of 74.7.

Broch also received high ratings for integrity (96.1), impartiality (94.81), legal ability (94.74), temperament (98.72), health (100) and sensitivity (100).

Geiler's ratings were also high, including 88.24 percent for integrity, 79.76 for impartiality, 91.67 for legal ability, 73.49 for temperament, 90.12 for court management, 96.43 for health and 85.71 for sensitivity.

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